Clause 3 - Accrued rights

Part of Armed Forces(Pensions and Compensation) Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 4:30 pm on 10th February 2004.

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Photo of Gerald Howarth Gerald Howarth Shadow Minister (Defence) 4:30 pm, 10th February 2004

Thank God I tabled amendments to clause 3, Mr. O'Brien, or you would have rattled through this clause as well. Cor blimey, I am not sure what clause 2 said, but we are past that anyway.

The clause is interesting. The explanatory notes, which do not form part of the Bill, have nothing to say about it, so I am looking for help. Hands up any of my hon. Friends who can give me a steer because I am genuinely stuck. I have tabled an amendment on something I know nothing about and about which nobody else seems to know anything. Has my hon. Friend the Member for Blaby any thoughts? No? I am just checking. It is all right, though; I know what I am doing.